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What is Jallikattu and why PETA India have protested against the practice?

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posted Jan 20, 2017 by anonymous

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Jallikattu (or sallikkattu), is a traditional spectacle in which a Bos indicus bull, commonly of the Kangayam breed, is released into a crowd of people and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump of the bull with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants hold the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull's horns.

Jallikattu is typically practiced in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day.

Why PETA India have protested against the practice

CEO of PETA India who said, "Cruelty to animals, children, the elderly, and so on, is morally repugnant. PETA India believes that one day all bloodsports worldwide will be relegated to the history books, even if that day is not today.”

Earlier, PETA had stated that it may take the legal route if the Centre brings an ordinance to enable the conduct of Jallikattu or continue its campaign to create awareness against the holding of the bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu.

"Our campaign is against cruelty towards all animals. We will consult our lawyers and take a decision if there is an ordinance,"

answer Jan 27, 2017 by Chetan Hindu
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